Leanne Ng studied Interdisciplinary Art and Art History at the University of Washington, and soon after began working with local art, serving as the Assistant Director of Vetri/William Traver Gallery and later as the Director of Foster/White. Leanne spent a year in New York City, managing development and events for the not-for-profit arts organization, UrbanGlass. She then left New York for sunny California, where she sold American Impressionist works for Ray Redfern in Laguna Beach.
In 2006, Leanne returned to Seattle to open McLeod Residence: a home for extraordinary living through art, technology, and collaboration. As part of the launch, she changed her name legally to Lele McLeod. Lele managed the art gallery and event space for two years. She curated McLeod Residence's exhibitions with a heavy focus on science and interactivity.
In 2008, Lele married Ian Barnett and changed her name again. Lele Barnett curated art exhibitions for the Bumbershoot Festival, the Washington State Convention Center, and the Wing Luke Asian Museum. She has been a panelist for Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the City of Redmond, the City of Bellevue, and SoundTransit. She is currently the Curator of the Microsoft Art Collection, a Managing Principal and Art Collection Consultant at The Lumiere Group, a curator for the Washington State Arts Commission, and on the Board of Directors at One Reel.